Thanks to my co-blogger Debbie Herbert for inviting me to participate in the blog tour "Inside of Your Creative Process." Check out the post below to read about Debbie's process. She writes an amazing series of novels for Harlequin Nocturne called "Dark Seas." If you love mermaids, and who doesn't, Debbie's books are a must read. Siren's Secret is available at: http://goo.gl/cdgxFT. And her second book, Siren's Treasure, will be out in October. The third book, Siren's Call is scheduled to release in 2015. You can read an excerpt of Siren's Secret at: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1790013-siren-s-secret?ac=1
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When I attend our monthly meetings at Georgia Romance Writers, or attend conferences, I love hearing about things that work for other writers. It takes a great deal of time and hard work to write an entire novel. Sharing our experiences with someone who understands is invaluable.
So here are the questions and my answers.
Q. What am I working on?
I'm currently working on a Paranormal Romance series, Sons of Sivadia. It's about the war between a race who came to Earth. To survive here, they need blood. Half of the race drinks from humans, the other does not. Each is lead by the twin sons of the Sivadian King. It's essentially the conflict between good and evil that we all face in life, only with blood. The evil twin sets out to destroy the hero so he can rule their race and farm humans for blood. And he uses the only woman his brother has ever loved in order to accomplish his goal. I have finished the first book but still doing some revisions. I'm around three-fourths way through the first draft of book two. I have plot ideas for book three, and two short stories in the Sons of Sivadia series.
Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre.
While my books are paranormal, they have elements of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. There may be a few books out there with vampires who originated from another planet. I've just never read one. Sivadians have their own set of abilities. And they're definitely not red-eyed, turning into bats, garden variety blood-suckers. Because they're a different species they can't cross-breed with another race. Although that doesn't stop them from enjoying an occasional fling with humans.
Q. Why do I write what I do?
My fathers love of science fiction influenced me at a young age. He loved to go to the movies, and I was the only person in my family who would tag along. During my teens, my love for strange new beings and worlds grew into anything paranormal. I began reading everything I could get my hands on. These are the stories that excite me. The possible story lines are limitless, and I can't imagine wanting to write any other genre.
Q. How does your writing process work?
The first book was completely by the seat of my pants. And that's one of the reasons I'm still editing/revising. Before I started writing this book I had a couple of characters in mind, a little worldbuilding, and sort of knew the beginning and end. Figuring the rest out as I went took an incredibly long time. I actually believed what others said: "Your characters will lead you where they need to go." Ha! While I did learn more about my characters, it wasn't enough to make the plot/story logical and function well in a novel.
By the second book, I knew there had to be a better way. I bought two invaluable books: Story Engineering by Larry Brooks and Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland. Both books are great, and made writing my second book much, much easier. They gave me the courage to enter and win the National Novel Writers Month last November. In twenty-six days I wrote over 50k words. Needless to say, I will never fly by the seat of my pants again. Outlines Rock!
Q. Who will we meet next week?
Next week we'll meet Sherrie Lea Morgan, another of our co-bloggers. Sherrie is a prolific writer, who writes Romantic Suspense and Historical Romance.
Until next time,